There is something special about waking up to the sound of a rooster. It puts me back in touch with nature, with the simplicity of a way of life that once was (and if course still is for many).
A way of life where things have a slow pace, where life is guided by the seasons and the sun. As we passed by farms the other day on the way up to the mountains, I found myself feeling deep peace.
To rise with the sun, rest when it sets.
To be guided gently by the cycle of the moon.
To be in tune with the seasons and the different tastes and temperaments they bring.
There is something within me that yearns for that simplicity. I continue to shed layers, finding my way to my own version of simplicity and I know I am getting closer.
To wake as my body tells me to rise.
To write to begin my day with ritual and rhythm.
To connect my movement with breath.
To be present to the moment – I am still working on this one. It is a deeper layer, beyond the things I do and do not do. It is the layer of how I live my life.
The idea of simplicity is deeply connected to your yoga practice.
Your practice can begin simply and be guided by your body – what does it feel right now and what does it need?
They physical practice helps you uncover layers to get to the heart of who you are.
Even when you are on vacation, even in those times when the excuses pile up, you can come to your mat with the intention of simplicity.
Ask yourself why you are there, what you are searching for.
Sit rooted to the earth and reaching to the sky as you bring attention and awareness to your breath.
Stretch your spine long and then release what you do not need with some gentle twisting.
Link movement to breath as your body guides you to the poses that you need most in that moment. Choose with no judgement. Be open to the movement that comes and the possibility that opens up before you.
We are going to be exploring this and more in Creating Your Practice. I would love to have you join us.
With Love and Gratitude,
Thank you for this gentle reminder Xandra. I have been away from my mat for almost 3 weeks now- excuses, excuses. I like what you said about simplicity and intention. Thank you.
You’re welcome Arti!